Catering Insight looks at five essential foodservice shelving and storage solutions which catering equipment distributors need to be aware of when specifying commercial kitchens.
For compact kitchens in particular, finding an efficient, yet space-savvy, storage solution can be a challenge. However, with SmartWall by Metro, distributors can offer their customers a practical solution which utilises empty walls and maximises storage space.
Available to dealers through Jestic Foodservice Solutions, Metro SmartWall and its system of integrated wall tracks offers operators flexibility to add customised wall shelving and wall-mounted task stations wherever needed.
Designed with cleanliness in mind, each storage variation within the SmartWall range is unique to various areas within a commercial kitchen. For example, Metro’s sink-specific configuration features various accessories suitable for placing above a sink including a wire basket, utensil cylinder and prong hooks. These accessories can also easily be moved around, meaning operators can adapt their SmartWall solution according to new business demands and staff requirements.
Suitable for promoting food safety and organisation, Metro SmartWall solutions also allow operators to define the areas for each menu product type. For example, dessert parlour Creams’ Doncaster branch is using its SmartWall system to separate beverages, waffles and crepes, and cookie dough for a more streamlined and organised dessert creation process.
Araven Portable and Extendable Shelving System
The Araven Portable and Extendable Shelving System is designed to be easy to set-up anytime, anywhere with no screws required.
The shelving units are designed based on the recommendations of the Codex Alimentarius International Code of Good Practice regarding food health and hygiene. Suitable for HACCP self-management in establishments handling food products, the system is easy to assemble and dismantle for maintenance, cleaning, and disinfecting.
The quality of the polypropylene and anodised aluminium materials used means that they should not be affected by humidity, while perforated shelves aid air circulation and are dishwasher safe which helps to prevent possible accumulations of food remains in areas in contact with containers and food products.
Under-shelf support brackets will add storage capacity for smaller containers, and a guide system enables easy horizontal container extraction, limiting stacking. It can be fixed anywhere along the shelf and adapted to any Gastronorm size requirement. Furthermore, adjustable feet enable stability.
Araven’s extendable shelving with telescopic supports adapts to different size requirement, from 89 to 184cm. The range’s shelving adapts to the space available, with no need for customised shelving and extra expense. The unit is delivered flat-packed in a compact box with a carrier handle, making this system easy to store and transport.
This shelving system can enable efficient cold storage management, maximising space in small coldrooms and secondary storage areas. The robust yet lightweight rust-resistant aluminium frame is suitable for cold stores with temperatures up to -25°C. The anodised aluminium structure with stainless steel nuts and bolts has high mechanical strength and resistance to corrosion.
EAIS EZ-Rack Ali/Poly Removable System
East Anglian Installation Systems (EAIS) took the opportunity that the pandemic presented to re-design its popular EZ-Rack Ali/Poly Removable system (EZPM on AutoQuotes). All overall bay sizes have remained the same, but the shelf surface now comprises multiples of a single width insert and the knuckles are no longer handed either, but universal, which all help to make production more efficient to combat the recent raw material cost increases that have been seen globally.
Aside from the impressive weight load capacity, the frame of the unit is constructed from aluminium and the shelf inserts are a high density polyethylene. This results in a rust-free system which offers a lifetime anti-corrosion guarantee. The wide range of shelves are also adjustable and EAIS offers various upright heights which combined are designed to enable flexibility and versatility. The overall design of the EZPM system should also help to promote good hygiene and cleaning practices.
EAIS believes that the EZPM’s high quality means it can be used in any environment: wet, dry, chiller, freezer, warm and humid, without issue, making it an all-rounder. The supplier pitches the EZPM system as a durable investment product that only needs a single purchase.
Cambro Camshelving Elements Series
The Elements range is stronger than common wire shelving, so it won’t warp. It’s made of a robust composite material that is rust and corrosion-free, backed by a lifetime guarantee.
As well as being practical, Elements is versatile in terms of layout and adjustability. The range includes starter units, add-on units, corner units and mobile units. With configurations including straight line, L-shape, U-shape, and T-shape, Element’s shelving can be customised to fit any storage space.
Supplied to the UK via FEM, the Elements range is lighter and has a lower price point than its sister Premium range, and is more robust and versatile than the Basics range. All three series are designed to be easy to assemble, without the need for tools.
The shelves are comprised of a series of shelf plates that slot into place and are easy to remove for cleaning, by wiping down or put through a dishwasher. Additionally, the shelf plates feature Camguard antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and microbes and are vented to allow for maximum airflow around perishables.
Elements can be used for any commercial kitchen that needs a storage solution, from hotels to hospitals, QSR to colleges, pubs, clubs and bakeries. Designed to be durable and resilient, Element’s shelving is suitable for high-volume foodservice operations. Units can withstand the constant loading and off-loading of medium to heavy products with a weight-bearing capacity of 910kg.
Craven Angled Display Shelving
Craven’s Angled Display Shelving is a built as a purpose, solution-based concept, optimising space and storage capabilities. The manufacturer designed this range to combine both the practicality of storing essential items and the functionality of ensuring these items are displayed effectively. With this particular range, one application is not sacrificed for the other, and vice versa.
The shelving range is not limited to a ‘one size fits all’ bracket. Craven can supply this in its usual finishes of nylon coated, zinc plated, as well as stainless steel, which should make it versatile for a range of applications, though it is particularly popular as nylon-coated shelves.
In presenting the range to operators, dealers can emphasise that the shelving is more than suitable for coldroom storage and other temperature-controlled environments. With health and safety of paramount importance in the current climate, all of Craven’s nylon-coated shelving is certified as food contact safe, and the Angled Display Shelving range is no different, making it suited for the foodservice market. Dealers can also work with Craven to meet their client’s needs; bespoke options can be discussed with the manufacturer – this is made easier with all the shelving being manufactured in the UK.
This product is particularly suited for retail, coldroom and hospital applications, and therefore can be used in a wide range of venues.